Family taxation - returns from the grave?
Independent taxation for married women has barely had time to register. So why are there are now mutterings for a return to family taxation. Simon Sweetman reports
In 1991 the Conservative government announced that it would right a great wrong and would end the 19th century taxation treatment of families as a husband and wife unit, introducing full independent taxation for married women. There was little opposition to the move, seen as sensible and logical at the time, and it duly became law.